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This section has articles, success stories, videos and other resources that speak to your particular interests and needs when it comes to finding and recruiting skilled immigrants in the private sector.

World Refugee Day: Employer Champions Investing in Refugee Talent (Article)

Employer champions from the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable are sharing their success in recruiting, hiring and benefiting from the Syrian refugee talent on their teams.

Scotiabank – Understanding Your Customers from the Inside Out (Employer Success Story)

Scotiabank welcomes refugee talent and offers its employees opportunities to build and learn leadership and coaching skills. Working and supporting diverse new clients and employees is part of the banks corporate culture and there is no downside.

Starbucks and the First One Thousand (Employer Success Story)

Starbucks wants to create opportunities for job ready candidates and will use their tried, tested and true ‘high touch’ approach to have a positive impact.

[Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment (Employer Success Story)

LiUNA! Local 506 serves a diverse group, and considers itself one of the most multicultural unions in North America. The Syrian refugee population represented an untapped talent pool, and LiUNA! responded to their specific needs through an innovative partnership with ACCES Employment to create a program that would meet labour market demands, while providing a pathway to employment for Syrian refugees.

For RBC, Refugees are an Untapped Talent Pool and Strategic Advantage (Employer Success Story)

RBC moves from understanding to action and looks to community organizations to build trust with refugee communities to engage in workforce planning and hiring diverse.

BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment (Employer Success Story)

Delivering on their commitment to diversity as a strategic imperative, BDC has created job opportunities for former refugees and new learning opportunities for staff: recognizing refugees as talent first, and refugees second.

Refugees Jobs Agenda: Kick-Starting Employer Action (Employer Webinar)

Watch this webinar to learn more about the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable after its first year: getting started, who was at the table, practical strategies for refugee employment and how to strengthen private sector engagement in the global refugee crisis.

Employer Video Series: Hiring Skilled Immigrants (Employer Video)

We asked a number of successful employers, including KPMG Canada, Deloitte Canada and Trinity Tech Inc., about the benefits of hiring skilled immigrants. Watch this series of employer videos to learn more about how these employers have experienced the value skilled immigrants contribute to their team, the solutions for overcoming obstacles and the practices for effectively hiring skilled immigrants.

Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds (News Story)

Canadian study found job applicants with Asian names and a master’s degree got fewer interview requests than counterparts with Anglo-Canadian names and only a bachelor’s degree.

Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial? (News Story)

Interacting with two or more cultural contexts can help immigrants combine diverse ideas, solutions, and customer problems in order to create something entirely new.

Rural Ontario looks to immigrants as jobs go unfilled (News Story)

What appeal could quiet, rural Wellington County possibly hold for people from foreign countries?

From Idea to Business: Basic First Steps for Successful Entrepreneurship (Employer Webinar)

Whether recently arrived or in Canada for many years, knowing how to move your idea into a successful business is important for continued growth and long-term success.

Construction Union Trains and Tests in Native Language (Employer Success Story)

The construction industry in Canada is a significant economic driver, accounting for 9% of Canada’s GDP. Future labour demands are high and immigrants are important.

Maple Leaf Foods Connects to Recruit Newcomers (Employer Success Story)

Maple Leaf Foods gives workers the tools and supports they need to do their job. Offering on-site English language classes is one way to welcome their newcomer employees.

50 per cent immigration boost makes ‘complete sense,’ says expert (News Story)

The number of working-age Canadians for every senior is expected to drop from 4.2 in 2015 to 2.7 in 2030, according to the Department of Finance.

What Comes First — Language or Work? (Employer Webinar)

Bias, whether conscious or unconscious, favours certain people in the hiring process based on superficial characteristics like name and place of education that have nothing to do with their talent or potential. This webinar will dive deeper to understand how and why this form of discrimination occurs. It will look at practical solutions being tested in the workplace to disrupt hiring bias. Join us on October 27 with guest speakers Phil Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto and Heidi Walker of GapJumpers.

A Page for Immigrant Diversity from the Gender Diversity Handbook? Lloyds Sets Diversity Rules for Top Job Shortlists (Employer Success Story)

Lloyds Banking Group announced earlier this year that candidate shortlists for high-level bank positions will not be considered if they don’t meet new gender criteria. It’s not difficult to imagine a similar strategy in place to meet other diversity types, like immigrant and visible minority diversity.

Our Immigrants, Our Strength (News Story)

Investing in the integration of refugees and immigrants is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.

Skilled immigrants wasting their talents in Canada (News Story)

“We have a tendency to compare them to Canadians and say, ‘Oh, they don’t speak as good English,’ instead of thinking, ‘Oh, they speak multiple languages. How is that an advantage for my business?’

Should you change your name to get a job? (News Story)

The extreme measures some people take to fight hiring bias might surprise you. But some say it’s the only way.

Overeducated and underpaid? How to address mal-employment (News Story)

Immigrant mal-employment alone costs an estimated $20 billion in foregone earnings and is a significant contributor to the gap in productivity between Canada and the United States.

Intel’s fixing its diversity problem by doing more than just hiring (News Story)

“We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges.”

The Refugee Crisis and EU integration: The Need for a Fine Balancing Act (News Story)

The EU needs to view the refugee crisis as an opportunity.

RBC introduces in-branch video interpretation app (News Story)

RBC has rolled out a language app that lets bank customers visiting branches talk to qualified interpreters over a video link.

Newcomers work at finding a job (News Story)

Winnipeg’s population is expected to top one million in 25 years mainly because of immigration, and an event in the city next week aims to line up hundreds of newcomers with jobs.

Syrian refugee women are building a hot new catering company (News Story)

These three women are set to open a community-funded catering company called Karam Kitchen.

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About High-Skilled Immigrants (News Story)

Facts about high-skilled immigrants that give a sense of the overlooked benefits and contributions of immigrants.

Diverse recruitment: Tips for Inclusive Recruitment & Interviewing (Article)

Establishing inclusive recruitment practices is an important step to reach the broadest talent pool.

Vancouver tech company offers paid internships for Syrian refugees (News Story)

“We were looking for talent anyway; why don’t we consider hiring people from Syria?”

6 charts which show the employment barriers faced by British Muslims (News Story)

Unemployment rates among Muslims are more than double that of any other community in the UK.

Immigrant Contributions to Ohio Are Highlighted in New Study (News Story)

In 2014 Ohio’s nearly half a million immigrants earned $15.6 billion, or just over 5 percent of the state’s total.

The role of the private sector in alleviating the refugee crisis (News Story)

A coordinated response would contribute in ways that benefit businesses, refugees, and host societies alike.

The Syrian who’s aiming to get refugees jobs in Berlin’s booming tech scene (News Story)

For English-speaking refugees, the IT sector can offer a shortcut into the labour market as many offices work internationally and don’t require employees to speak German.

Startups and immigration: Myths, lies and half-truths (News Story)

For the aspiring entrepreneur who wants to work at an early-stage company or start their own company, it is important to comprehend the myths, lies and half-truths of immigration policy.

New platform seeks to match skilled refugees with SA companies looking for new ideas (News Story)

Australian entrepreneurs develop platform to help skilled refugees get experience in their preferred sector and companies benefit from their innovative thinking.

Why Subtle Bias Is So Often Worse than Blatant Discrimination (News Story)

Subtle bias is more dangerous , stressful and common than overt discrimination. The negative effects build and accumulate at a rapid pace.

We Just Can’t Handle Diversity (News Story)

Diversity improves performance, and people who apply themselves and do good work should be treated fairly.

When it comes to innovation, Canada’s biggest challenge may be Canadians (News Story)

Weak demographics is an obstacle to Canadian innovation. Immigration can help, but Canada needs to work harder to attract international talent.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Past and Present (News Story)

“If no one wants to hire, hire yourself.”

Meet the immigrant CEO welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada with jobs (News Story)

Mohammed Fakih is welcoming Syrian refugees the best way he knows how: by hiring them at Paramount Fine Foods restaurants across Ontario.

Interview with Nomz CEO Jana Al Zaibak on Hiring a Refugee Workforce (Employer Success Story)

Based in Toronto, Canada, Nomz is a rapidly expanding business, selling nutritious and delicious snacks. Hire Immigrants spoke to founder Jana Al Zaibak about her experience leveraging refugee talent.

Refugee Talent Pipeline Fills Positions at Nomz (Employer Success Story)

Entrepreneur Jana Al Zaibak credits her employees with her business success. They’re driven, contribute their expertise and ideas, and are passionate about their work. Another thing they have in common? They’re all refugees.

Idea We’re Watching: “Project Ahlan” has Australian Restaurants Readying to Welcome Syrian Refugees (Employer Success Story)

The owners of Almond Bar restaurant are partnering up with local chefs, restaurant owners, and immigrant serving agencies in Sydney, Australia, to welcome Syrian newcomers with training and job opportunities.

Languages are major obstacles for immigrants trying to get ahead professionally (News Story)

Research conducted in 2013 suggests that 64 per cent of immigrants in Quebec are overqualified for the work they do.

How Diversity Of Thought Makes A Difference (News Story)

Maintaining or creating diversity of thought can’t come last, but often it does. 41% of Fortune 1000 respondents said they’re “too busy” to implement diversity initiatives.

Syrian refugees launch own food business months after coming to Canada (News Story)

Syrian refugees in Fredericton launched their very own business just months after arriving in Canada.

Mock Interviews by Cinnzeo Bakeries a Way to Support Newcomers and Source Talent (Employer Success Story)

Some companies find it challenging to source immigrant talent. Not Cinnzeo Bakeries. The Calgary-based retailer of cinnamon buns meets directly with job candidates through volunteerism, an approach that supports job seekers and the company’s recruitment needs.

Supplier Diversity Forum (video) for small business hosted by RBC Royal Bank and Hire Immigrants (Employer Video)

Learn about supplier diversity and how becoming a certified diverse supplier can help your company win business.

Procurement Mentorships: RBC Royal Bank Mentors Diverse Suppliers (Employer Success Story)

Through a supplier diversity strategy that includes a procurement mentorship program, RBC is sourcing from a larger supplier base, providing value to business clients and changing Canada’s supplier landscape.

Legal Basics for Your Business (Employer Webinar)

Talking to a lawyer is a core first step for newcomer entrepreneurs to learn about the legal basics for businesses in Canada. Join the Legal Basics for Your Business webinar and learn from two experts in legal and business planning to help you start your business right.

Innovation Driver: Making the Business Case for Diversity (News Story)

Companies have a bottom-line incentive to promote policies that encourage diversity—increasingly seen as a tool to spur innovation.

The Code to Refugee Employment (News Story)

Leave it to the high-tech startup community to tackle the issue of refugee employment in new, innovative ways.

Palliser Builds a Workforce alongside its Furniture (Employer Success Story)

With a long history in immigrant employment, Palliser has key lessons for employers seeking to become more immigrant and diversity confident. From renewed hiring practice, to on-the-job training, to leadership from the top.

Diversity – Why it Matters, and Why Most Organisations Must do Better (News Story)

Research shows that few organisations are as meritocratic as they would like to believe. The class, ethnicity and gender of most senior people in those organisations bear testimony to that.

“The World Needs to See Leadership” says Guelph CEO and Refugee Champion (Article)

A Canadian CEO and entrepreneur donates $1 million to resettle 50 Syrian families, and is approaching the task as he would any business problem.

Diversity at work: hiring ‘the best person for the job’ isn’t enough (News Story)

Unconscious bias and a tendency to hire in their own image can lead managers to bring in the wrong candidate for their team

RBC provides $2.5 million in support of Syrian refugees and other newcomers arriving in Canada (News Story)

The funds will be used towards settlement, skills development, and employment readiness to assist in achieving successful social and economic integration.

Vancity to offer interest-free loans for upgrades to house Syrian refugees (News Story)

Vancity Credit Union is offering interest-free seven-year loans to its members who are upgrading their homes to house Syrian refugees.

Diversity: It’s good for your brain (News Story)

Why the trouble embracing diversity? People who don’t “fit in” mess with the mind’s model of how the world works, and if there’s one thing we’ve gleaned from 100 years of psychological science, it’s that the mind hates uncertainty, writes Richard Crisp.

Discrimination on the Training Market: Extent, Causes and Recommended Actions (Employer Report)

Bias in hiring is a problem without borders. In Germany’s job market, candidates with a German name have to submit an average of five applications while a fellow applicant with a Turkish name has to send seven.

Want to Get Richer? Accept Refugees (News Story)

A new Bloomberg survey of economists predicts that Germany, the biggest recipient of Syrian asylum seekers in the Western world, will get a 0.2 percent boost to its economic output next year if it takes in 800,000 refugees in 2015; that would be 12.5 percent of Germany’s expected 2016 growth.

Vienna Hotel Run By Refugees Integrates Newcomers Into Europe’s Workforce (News Story)

Europeans worry that the asylum-seekers who have flooded the continent this year will struggle to integrate and find work. A Vienna hotel is showing that newcomers can succeed.

Wind Mobile offering free phones, service to Syrian refugees (News Story)

Wind Mobile is teaming up with a local group to assist Syrian refugee families in their transition to life in Canada with free cell phones and service.

The Economist Global Diversity List recognizes Ratna Omidvar and the Global Diversity Exchange (News Story)

The Economist Global Diversity List is a comprehensive guide to organizations and individuals who are at the forefront of promoting diversity in human resources policy and practice. Ratna Omidvar and the Global Diversity Exchange are recognized in three separate categories.

Employers of Influence: Winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition for 2016 are announced (News Story)

Canada’s Top 100 Employers collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation’s employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond.

No names, no bias? (News Story)

Ten big employers in the public and private sectors—including the civil service, HSBC and Deloitte—have agreed to start recruiting on a “name-blind” basis in Britain. But do they work?

“Diversity and Entrepreneurship” Keynote Speech (video) by Kirk Dudtschak, RBC Royal Bank (Employer Video)

Kirk Dudtschak, Executive Vice President of Personal & Commercial Banking at RBC Royal Bank, examines the links between diversity and entrepreneurship.

What business leaders are doing about the refugee crisis (News Story)

Finding themselves filling a non-traditional role, companies are responding with innovative ways to support newcomers.

Guelph businessman funds 50 Syrian refugee families (News Story)

Guelph entrepreneur Jim Estill is donating money to sponsor 50 Syrian refugee families expected to begin arriving in Guelph over the next two months. His financial sponsorship could reach $1.5 million.

New Migration Council with corporate heavyweights to fight for a bigger Australia (Article)

Business takes a leadership role in the newly formed Migration Council of Australia. The organisation seeks to build a bridge between those with an economic interest in a big Australia, and those with a social interest in a fair Australia.

A Migration Agenda for the Private Sector (Article)

As Europe’s refugee crisis continues to evolve, offers of assistance have been complemented by a broad-based response from the business community, writes migration expert Khalid Koser. This mobilization highlights not only the role that the private sector can play in managing migration, but also the importance of extending this engagement beyond the response to the immediate crisis.

Religious minorities in France face bias in hiring, new study finds (News Story)

A practising Muslim man is four times less likely to get a job interview in France than a Catholic counterpart, according to a new study by the Institut Montaigne.

Exclusive interview: BLG’s first ever diversity director (News Story)

Last week, Borden Ladner Gervais created its very first national director of diversity and inclusion. HRM Canada spoke to Laleh Moshiri about the new post and direction.

A London bakery offers refugee women a way into work (News Story)

Charities team up with local business to generate jobs for newcomer refugees

[New Research] Why Matthew but not Samir? Disrupting the Hiring Bias (Employer Webinar)

[New Research] This webinar has been updated with new research findings. In an exclusive event, Dr. Rupa Banerjee, co-author of the new research report, “Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly”, reviews the research and explains the negative impacts on job-seekers and employers alike.

Net Benefits: How to Understand the Economic Impact of Migration (News Story)

To understand the economic stakes in Europe’s refugee crisis, start in an unlikely place: the South Pacific island of Tonga.

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk (News Story)

“Life is too short to learn German,” quipped Mark Twain. Now the German language is turning out to be more than just the butt of jokes. In a country desperately in need of workers, it is proving to be a stumbling block that prevents German companies from taking advantage of the flood of new arrivals.

People with racially diverse friend groups are more productive (News Story)

Do you know what your employees’ friend circles are like? A new study published in Organization Sciencefound that employees with more racially diverse friend networks were more likely to go beyond their roles to help the company.

How Startups Are Using Tech To Try And Fight Workplace Bias (News Story)

We all harbor biases — subconsciously, at least. We may automatically associate men with law enforcement work, for example, or women with children and family. In the workplace, these biases can affect managers’ hiring and promotion decisions.

Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Employer E-learning Course)

The Ontario Human Rights Commission offers a free eLearning course on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier in employment, and rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Biased Perceptions of Racially Diverse Teams and Their Consequences for Resource Support (Employer Report)

Researchers from the United States and the Netherlands examined if biases can negatively affect how racially diverse teams are evaluated, and ultimately treated, relative to racially homogeneous groups.

Why building a diverse work force is worth the effort (News Story)

Fostering diversity in the work force is more than just a noble and altruistic goal, it’s a bottom-line imperative for any company planning for growth.

Why wait for government? Unshackling immigrant entrepreneurs (Article)

UnShackled wants to extend opportunities to all entrepreneurs in the United States, including immigrants on work-visas who want to start companies without waiting for permanent residency. For some immigrant entrepreneurs, UnShackled may be the funding and stabilizing bridge they need to bring their ideas to life in the United States.

Hack the hiring process to reap diversity’s bottom-line benefits (Article)

Employers may understand why it is key to hiring immigrants but they may not necessarily understand the how. Ratna Omidvar of the Global Diversity Exchange provides some easy and lost cost strategies to make your hiring more effective.

Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions (Employer Report)

Challenges to newcomer employment can be overcome, says new ALLIES report.

The World’s Most Talent Ready Countries, 2014 (Article)

Talent is moving around the world faster than ever before. Countries that remain open to it are building a competitive edge.

New etip: Brokering Success for New Canadians (News Story)

Learn how governments can “broker success” in the job market for newcomers.

Brokering Success for New Canadians (Employer eTip)

Learn how governments can “broker success” in the job market for newcomers.

Express entry immigration points system revealed before Jan. 1 launch (News Story)

‘In demand’ immigrants will be in Canada within 6 months

Getting Ready to Launch Express Entry (News Story)

In-demand immigrants’ applications will be processed in six months or less according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Brokering Success: Improving Skilled Immigrant Employment Outcomes (Employer Report)

A Mowat Centre report on improving skilled immigrant employment outcomes through strengthened government-employer engagement.

Brokering Success – Improving Skilled Immigrant Employment Outcomes (Employer Webinar)

Learn how government-employer engagement can help skilled immigrants find employment.

Government as Employer of Skilled Immigrants (Employer Webinar)

Find out what practices and policies various levels of governments are using to encourage the employment of immigrants.

Attracting skilled immigrants – Preparing for the launch of Express Entry (News Story)

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander speaks about how, with the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Canada will be able to attract skilled immigrants who are most likely to succeed.

Register for New Webinar: Government as Employer of Skilled Immigrants (News Story)

Join us for the release of the new report by Wayland Consulting.

New etip: Smart Business: Two Ideas to Tap into Newcomer Markets (News Story)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

Smart business: Two ideas to tap into newcomer markets (Employer eTip)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

New Video: Focusing on Diversity Leads to Growth and Innovation at RBC (News Story)

Hiring immigrant talent is an essential pipeline of growth for Canadian businesses.

Enhancing Immigrants’ Essential ‘Soft’ Skills – a win-win solution (Article)

Virtually every job requires competencies in nine essential skills. Do you know what they are? Learn about the tools and resources available to employers to assess and support essential “soft skills” among employees, including new immigrants.

Focusing on diversity leads to growth and innovation at RBC (Employer Video)

Hiring immigrant talent is an essential pipeline of growth for Canadian businesses.

RBC finds that paying attention to newcomers is smart business (Employer Video)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

Canada one of the World’s Most Popular Destinations for Job Seekers (News Story)

Canada is already reliant on immigrants as the key source of its labour force growth and that importance will only increase as the population ages, people retire and birth rates stay low.

New Tutorials Available to Help Employers Hire New Canadians (News Story)

A series of free online tutorials have been developed to help small to medium-sized businesses struggling to fill job vacancies attract and hire skilled immigrants who are living in BC.

New Video: RBC Finds that Paying Attention to Newcomers is Smart Business (News Story)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

3M Managers Walk in the Shoes of Newcomers (Employer eTip)

3M’s Sarah Tattersall recommends a language exercise to help managers better understand the experience of skilled immigrant employees.

New Video: Looking Beyond the Resume: Tips on Assessing an International Candidate (News Story)

The resume is just one assessment tool in the recruitment process.

Looking Beyond the Resume: Tips on Assessing an International Candidate (Employer Video)

The resume is just one assessment tool in the recruitment process.

MOSAIC: An Employee Resource Group Leads to Successful Onboarding of Immigrant Talent (Employer Video)

Networking, peer coaching and mentoring fosters success for new hires.

New Ryerson-Maytree initiative set to advance the inclusion of immigrants and visible minorities (News Story)

hireimmigrants find new home at the Ryerson Maytree Global Diversity Exchange.

Career Edge and NACC Partner to Help Skilled Newcomers Join Canada’s Workforce (News Story)

Helping immigrants re-launching their careers in Canada.

Enbridge Lays Down the Pipelines for Immigrant Talent to Succeed (Employer eTip)

Creating a welcoming workplace strengthens an organization as a whole.

New Success Story: Enbridge Lays Down the Pipelines for Immigrant Talent to Succeed (News Story)

Enbridge has long been deliberate about creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace, making it an employer of choice for immigrant talent.

Enbridge Lays Down the Pipelines for Immigrant Talent to Succeed (Employer Success Story)

Enbridge has long been deliberate about creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace, making it an employer of choice for immigrant talent.

Government of Canada Helps New Canadians get Jobs Faster (News Story)

Funding will support over 30 projects to help address barriers to foreign credential recognition for skilled newcomers in BC.

Unemployment’s up for Canada’s most Educated Immigrants (News Story)

Unemployment levels for recent immigrants with university degrees hit their highest point since June, 2010 last month.

New etip: Chaplaincy Supports Employee Morale (News Story)

Program results in a more engaged workforce, lower turnover and higher productivity.

Chaplaincy Supports Employee Morale (Employer eTip)

Program results in a more engaged workforce, lower turnover and higher productivity.

A Window of Opportunity to Boost Employee Morale (Employer Success Story)

Alberta employer of diverse workforce uses corporate chaplaincy program to help employees overcome personal challenges

Government of Canada Helps More Skilled Newcomers Get Jobs in Their Fields Faster (News Story)

Recognizing 10 new occupations, including welders, carpenters and electricians, to improve foreign-credential recognition.

ICTC Webinar: Hiring Immigrants Through Express Entry (News Story)

Learn more about the new system for economic integration.

New eTip – Three Ideas to Gain a Competitive Edge this Summer (News Story)

Reflect on what some companies are doing to attract and retain the best talent.

Three Ideas to Gain a Competitive Edge this Summer (Employer eTip)

Reflect on what some companies are doing to attract and retain the best talent.

Toronto is diverse but not as inclusive as it could be (Article)

Toronto exemplifies multiculturalism, but struggles with inclusion and equality of opportunity.

Business Leaders Call on Ottawa to Reverse ‘Alarming Slide’ in Skills Training (News Story)

Report says only the federal government can lead and create a national education and skills training strategy

2013-14 WIL Award: Sarah Tattersall,Talent Solutions Manager at 3M Canada (Article)

HR champion has assisted skilled immigrants in achieving meaningful employment in their fields.

Skills-training Program in B.C. Aims to Curtail a Coming Jobs Crisis (News Story)

Convergence of aging demographic and new opportunities for growth needs needs to be addressed.

Career Edge Innovation Award Winner: RBC-Career Edge Associate Host Program (Employer Video)

Enabling RBC’s business clients to access skilled immigrant talent through a paid internship.

The Forgotten Person in Today’s Immigrant (Article)

Alan Broadbent, reminds us that we must remember the immigrant’s long term contribution to the labour market and to the nation.

Why not use Refugees to Solve our Temporary Foreign Worker Problem? (Article)

Create a system to link refugees who are ready to work, with businesses that are currently using the Temporary Foreign Worker program to fill permanent jobs.

Ten Ideas to Celebrate Diversity (Article)

Steps to create a more inclusive workplace.

Four Changes to the TFW Program that would help Canadian Businesses (News Story)

Improvements to the employment services system would help employers more easily fill positions.

New etip: Three Steps to Start a Successful Employee Resource Group (News Story)

Groups foster personal and professional development.

Three Steps to Start a Successful Employee Resource Group (Employer eTip)

Groups foster personal and professional development.

Embracing Diversity Good for the Soul – and Business – says TD Bank CEO (News Story)

Being on the right side of history is a positive.

The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2014 Announced (News Story)

Recognizing newcomers including many business owners who have made a strong contribution to Canada.

Government of Canada Overhauls Temporary Foreign Worker Program Ensuring Canadians (News Story)

Employment and Social Development and Citizenship and Immigration announce a comprehensive overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Ottawa Unveils Sweeping Changes to Foreign-workers Program (News Story)

Changes include splitting the program into two and imposing a long list of measures aimed at reducing its use for low-wage positions.

RBC’s Zabeen Hirji to Receive 2014 Catalyst Canada Honour for Championing Women and Minorities in Business (News Story)

Leader and supporter of diversity for growth and innovation.

Investing in Internships (Article)

Exploring the business case for paid internships.

Why Immigration should be a Cornerstone of Canada’s Economic Policy (Article)

Examining how improvements to immigration can improve Calgary businesses.

New Success Story: New Canadians Help Each Other and all Staff to Succeed at RBC (News Story)

Employee resource group fosters success through networking, peer coaching and mentoring.

New Canadians Help Each Other and all Staff to Succeed at RBC (Employer Success Story)

Employee resource group fosters success through networking, peer coaching and mentoring.

Skilled Immigrants Recruited in 50 Occupations Ahead of ‘Express Entry’ Launch (News Story)

Canada will offer ‘express entry’ to skilled immigrants starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

emergiTEL: RBC Champion of Immigrant Success (Employer Video)

Telecommunications and IT recruitment agency works closely with candidates to position their skills so employers can clearly see how they meet their needs.

New etip: Overcoming Biases to Succeed (News Story)

Tips to minimize the negative impacts of hidden biases in managing immigrant talent.

Overcoming Biases to Succeed (Employer eTip)

Tips to minimize the negative impacts of hidden biases in managing immigrant talent.

TRIEC e-lert June 2014 (News Story)

Latest immigrant employment news from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Free Cross-Cultural Competency Training for Employers – Hire Immigrants Ottawa (News Story)

Learn cross-cultural competency skills, tools and strategies for adapting your workplace for a diverse employee base.

Enbridge Wins 2014 Welcoming Workplace RISE Award (Employer Video)

Company is being recognized for the work they have done to make skilled immigrants feel a valued part of the company.

New Success Story: Using a Diversity Lens Helps Scotiabank Succeed (News Story)

Bank uses a variety of opportunities to tap into immigrant talent and therefore grow their business.

Using a Diversity Lens Helps Scotiabank Succeed (Employer Success Story)

Bank uses a variety of opportunities to tap into immigrant talent and therefore grow their business.

All Weather Windows Wins 2014 Workplace Innovation RISE Award (Employer Video)

Gord Wiebe, CEO of All Weather Windows explains why his company’s chaplaincy program is invaluable to his diverse staff.

Look out for Hidden ‘Mediterranean’ Noses (Article)

Dr. Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University explains that we often underestimate the degree of influence our unconscious biases have on decision-making.

emergiTEL – 2013 RBC Immigrant Success Awards Winner (Article)

Telecommunications and IT recruitment agency works closely with candidates to position their skills so employers can clearly see how they meet their needs.

Cultivating a Sustainable Future (News Story)

Career Edge Achievement Awards celebrate successes in socio-economic sustainability.

New Etip: Adding Value to Paid Internships (News Story)

Providing added-value supports to an intern’s experience benefits everyone.

Adding Value to Paid Internships (Employer eTip)

Providing added-value supports to an intern’s experience benefits everyone.

2013 RBC Diversity and Inclusion Report (Employer Report)

In this report, RBC highlights their overall story of diversity and inclusion and how it creates prosperity for their clients, employees, shareholders and communities.

TRIEC: 10 Years of Meaningful Work (Employer Video)

TRIEC plays a strategic role in connecting skilled immigrants to the labour market.

Reflecting on RBC and Gordon Nixon’s Leadership on Immigrant Employment (Employer Video)

As chair of TRIEC, RBC’s CEO Gordon Nixon has been a champion of immigrant inclusion in the workforce.

Canada Must See Immigration as a Competitive Edge (News Story)

Gordon Nixon, CEO of RBC, argues diversity, together with inclusion, plays a central role in driving productivity, innovation and growth.

Supporting Immigrant Employment Contributes to Prosperity in the GTA: TRIEC Immigrant Success Award Winners Show How (News Story)

TRIEC and RBC recognize the winners of the 8th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards – organizations and individuals who are helping employers do just that to the advantage of employers, immigrants and the region as a whole.

IEC-BC HR Tip Sheets to Support Managing Immigrant Talent (News Story)

Five tip sheets provide resources to make it easy for you to attract, hire and retain skilled immigrants.

New Webinar – Low Risk, Big Return: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent (News Story)

Learn about Career Edge’s program and its innovative partnership with RBC on supporting business clients of the bank to access internationally trained talent.

Investing in Staff Helps Teshmont Consulting Engage and Retain their Employees (Employer Success Story)

Small engineering firm boosts retention of new immigrants by educating all employees about its various employee-focused programs.

New OHRC Webinar: Removing the Canadian Experience Barrier (News Story)

Learn how you can implement effective hiring practices that discounts “Canadian experience”.

Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Recognizing individuals and organizations who are forward-thinking champions of immigrant economic integration. Nomination deadline is May 6, 2014

Diversity and Immigration – Important Parts of Canada’s Past, Present and Future (Article)

Gord Nixon, President and CEO of RBC talks about the importance of immigration to Canada’s identity and economy, and how we must move beyond diversity to inclusion to leverage our individual and collective strengths.

Making Paid Internships Work For You (Employer eTip)

If you are considering hiring paid interns, keep in mind the following ideas.

Conference Board of Canada – Canadian Immigration Conference 2014: Enhancing Canada’s Immigration System (News Story)

Exploring the future of immigration, and how we can enhance our immigration system to help address advanced skills, talent and competitiveness challenges facing organizations.

Low Risk, Big Return: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer eTip)

Learn how internships for skilled immigrants can help with immediate staffing needs.

Low Risk, Big Return: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer Webinar)

Learn about Career Edge’s program and its innovative partnership with RBC on supporting business clients of the bank to access internationally trained talent.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa 2014 Employer Excellence Awards (News Story)

Congratulations to TD Bank and various individuals for their leadership in championing immigrant employment in the Ottawa Region.

Workforce Planning Hamilton 2014 Hire Learning Survey: The Complete Series of Results (News Story)

Collecting Hamilton’s real-time local labour market information.

Canada’s Socio-Economic Sustainability at Risk (News Story)

2014 is set to mark the beginning of the Baby Boomer exodus from the workforce, so just who will fill Canada’s growing skills gap?

Ontario’s Clarion Call for Putting Diversity to Work (Article)

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration makes the case for why hiring skilled immigrants is essential to business.

Turning Cultural Differences into an Advantage (Employer eTip)

Tips on how to overcome the risks of linking workplace challenges to culture.

New Event – Looking to Hire? Put a World of Experience to Work for You – At No Cost to You (News Story)

Connect with global talent from the comfort of your own office.

Ask the Expert – Unlocking Potential: From Underperformer to Asset (Article)

What interventions can be made to support immigrant talent in performing better especially due to cultural barriers?

Guelph-Wellington Immigration Partnership Employer Toolkit Now Available (News Story)

Toolkit provides resources, quick-reference tips, and checklists for incorporating inclusive practices in your hiring activities and human resource practices.

Canada’s Job Market: Everything You Need to Know About the Numbers (News Story)

Here is how Canada’s job numbers stack up in a detailed breakdown of the country’s labour market.

Developing Managerial Expertise (Employer eTip)

Learn how to support new immigrants as they progress into a managerial role.

New HRPA Program Helps Ontario Reduce the Outflow of Highly Skilled Internationally Educated (News Story)

Cultural competency training program helps organizations to become more culturally inclusive and more effectively hire, on-board and develop diverse talent.

Ontario Charts its Own Course with Proposed Ontario Immigration Act (Article)

Province is taking steps to strengthen its role in immigrant selection by introducing legislation that would, if passed, help meet the province’s future labour market needs and support economic growth.

Strengthening Immigration in Ontario (News Story)

New legislation to help attract more skilled immigrants, boost economic growth.

Leveraging Immigrant Talent for Business Development (Article)

Skills and talents of newcomers can lead to exciting new Ottawa based business ventures, creating jobs and growing the region’s economic base.

Religious Accommodation Improves Employee Satisfaction and Productivity (Employer eTip)

Understand how to create and implement a religious accommodation policy in your workplace to meet legal requirements and also to improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Employer Webinar)

Understand how to create and implement a religious accommodation policy in your workplace to meet legal requirements and to improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (News Story)

Find out what your legal duties are and how you can implement practical strategies in your workplace from our expert panel in our new webinar.

The Year’s Most Inspiring Workplace Inclusiveness Stories: Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2014 Announced (News Story)

Recognizing initiatives from leading employers that attract and retain employees from diverse communities across Canada including our employer champions RBC, CIBC, Dentons, E&Y, KMPG, Telus and TD.

RBC is Recognized as One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2014 (News Story)

Bank acknowledged for its initiatives to attract, develop and retain a diversity of employees.

New Workshop: Are You Culturally Competent? Leading Diversity and Inclusiveness in Your Workplace (News Story)

ERIEC presents a free workshop where you can learn how to leverage and maximize global talent to improve your company’s productivity.

Skilled Immigrant Integration Around the Globe: A Look at What Other Countries Are Doing (News Story)

How are other countries integrating skilled immigrants into their economies?

Breakfast with RBC’s Gordon Nixon hosted by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (News Story)

Mr. Nixon will share his perspectives on the value of a diverse workforce and the role immigration plays in developing an innovative economy.

Moving Past Diversity: RBC’s Journey to Rid its Upper Ranks of ‘Unconscious Bias’ (Article)

Zabeen Hirji talks about how RBC is teaching its leaders to overcome unconscious bias; how it’s fostering diversity through processes versus organic evolution and how it reconciles those processes with regulatory requirements.

Effectively Managing Religious Accommodation in the Workplace (Employer eTip)

Employers have a legal mandate to accommodate religious practices and observances in the workplace, but they should also see it as good human resource management.

Skilled Immigrants to be Matched with Vacant Jobs in 2015 (News Story)

New immigration system set to launch in 2015 is being compared to ‘a dating site’.

Register now for the Edmonton Global Talent Conference 2014 (News Story)

Develop your leadership skills in managing immigrant talent.

Work and Culture (Article)

Interactive online learning helps skilled immigrants and employers understand the role of culture at work so that everyone benefits.

Seven of 10 Executives Having Trouble Finding the Right Talent (News Story)

Canadian employers’ top concern is the shortage of skilled workers.

Outsmarting our Brains: A Report by RBC and Ernst and Young (Article)

Business leaders need to overcome their hidden biases to be more competitive.

Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Employer eTip)

An employer has a legal duty to accommodate religious observances and needs of their employees and implement reasonable accommodation.

Dentons, Imperial Launch Program for Lawyers from Abroad (News Story)

Two employers partner to offer a year’s articling position to a internationally-trained lawyer .

OCISO and RBC to provide targeted career support for internationally trained professionals (News Story)

Program will provide mentoring support to skilled immigrants looking for work within the financial sector.

Plug into Changes in Immigration and Employment Rules (News Story)

New rules to Temporary Foreign Worker Program have been recently made in the new year.

Bridging the Gap Between Skills and Culture (Article)

Program provides skilled immigrants with the soft skills needed to advance their careers.

Immigrant Unemployment: The More Education, the Bigger the Gap (News Story)

Immigrants still more likely to be out of a job even with a high education.

Think Fast: Ontario Employer Perspectives on Immigration Reform and the Expression of Interest System (Employer Report)

A new Ontario Chamber of Commerce report calls on the federal government to ensure that upcoming changes to Canada’s immigration system reflect the needs of employers.

Canada Urged to Speed Approval of Skilled Immigrants (News Story)

Ontario Chamber of Commerce says businesses seeking scarce skills wait too long for newcomer processing; Australia does it in just 2 months.

2014 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards opens call for nominations (News Story)

Awards program looking for the most inspiring immigrants including business leaders from all across Canada.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Expression of Interest (News Story)

Learn more about the changes to Canada’s immigrant selection system and how it may affect your company’s human resources strategy.

Technology and Innovation in Talent Management (Article)

Highlighting the work of two Alberta employers who have used technology and innovative approaches to address the challenges of talent acquisition, retention and talent management.

Deadline for TRIEC’s 8th Annual Immigrant Success Awards Extended to January 15, 2013 (News Story)

Awards recognize GTA companies and individual leaders who champion immigrant employment.

Boldly Playing the Global Talent Game (Article)

IEC-BC argues it is a critical time close the skills and labour gap by thinking differently about attracting and retaining skilled talent from around the world — seeing skilled immigrants as the solution.

Wage Gap Between Immigrants and Native-born Persists After 20 Years in Canada (Employer Report)

Statistics Canada study shows that while the wage gap between immigrants and native-born Canadians did narrow over 20 years, significant differences remained.

Expression of Interest: What Employers Need to Know about Canada’s Proposed New Immigrant Application System (Article)

The federal government will be introducing a new application management system that will aim to reduce application processing times and prevent backlogs. This system is currently being referred to as the Expression of Interest (EOI) model.

Expression of Interest – What Employers Need to Know (Employer eTip)

The proposed Expression of Interest model is still be finalized but read more to find how what we know so far.

IEC-BC Mentoring Program Connects Employers with Job-Ready Immigrant Talent (News Story)

TELUS signs on as an employer mentoring partner, joining the City of Vancouver.

Anonymous Job Applications Help Overcome Hiring Biases (Article)

Both employer and applicant win when using an anonymous job application process.

Mentoring Provides a Warm Welcome for Newcomers to Toronto (News Story)

The Mentoring Partnership’s 2013 Recognition Reception celebrates the City of Toronto for mentoring over 1000 skilled immigrants

Expression of Interest: Canada’s Proposal to Recruit Immigrant Talent – Implications for Employers (Employer eTip)

Learn more about the changes to Canada’s immigrant selection system and how it may affect your company’s human resources strategy.

Expression of Interest: Canada’s Proposal to Recruit Immigrant Talent – Implications for Employers (Employer Webinar)

Learn more about the changes to Canada’s immigrant selection system and how it may affect your company’s human resources strategy.

Outsmarting Our Brains: Overcoming Hidden Biases to Harness Diversity’s True Potential (Employer Report)

Business leaders need to overcome their hidden biases to be more competitive.

Ryerson University to Launch RBC Immigrant Diversity and Inclusion Project (News Story)

Donation from RBC opens doors for new research focused on new Canadians

Minister Kenney Urges Employers to Look to Canadians, Including Newcomers, to Tackle Skills Shortages (News Story)

New Canadians represent a valuable source of skilled labour from which employers in Canada can recruit.

Creating Partnership and Strategy for BC’s Northwest Labour Needs (Employer Report)

New Canadians are an under-represented demographic group with the necessary talent and skills to help meet demand in BC’s northwest region according to a new IEC-BC report.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa – 2014 Employer Excellence Awards: Call for Entries (News Story)

Recognizing local employers for their innovative and exemplary HR policies and practices in managing immigrant talent.

Ontario Presents Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Ontario is recognizing the first ever recipients of the Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment, for their role in championing diversity and supporting jobs in their communities.

Helping New Hires Reach Their Full Potential (Employer eTip)

Onboarding is more than the introduction of policies and procedures. It’s the starting point for a potentially fruitful journey for a new hire and an organization.

Prince George Online Job Fair to Connect Local Employers with Skilled New Canadians Living in Metro Vancouver (News Story)

Cost-effective way to connect with potential candidates.

Ottawa’s 2014 Immigration Plan Focuses on Economic Class (News Story)

Canada is set to launch its “Express of Interest System” to let employers pick skilled immigrants from a pool of pre-screened candidates.

Hands-on Experience Through Internships Can be the Best of Teachers (News Story)

RBC Career Bridge Associate Host Program gives Canadian employers the opportunity to host high potential, internationally qualified interns to meet their employment needs.

Delivering Effective Feedback (Employer eTip)

Newcomers from diverse cultures often perceive feedback very differently. Managers need to be aware of the potential for misunderstanding.

Workplace Diversity: ‘To Win in Your Market, You Need to Hire the Market’ (News Story)

Once considered primarily an issue of social responsibility, a growing number of organizations including RBC have embraced workplace diversity as the range of benefits – both financial and non-financial – have become more clear.

Jobs in Canada: Where, What and For Whom? (Employer Report)

An analysis by TD of vacancy, wage and unemployment rates in the country finds no proof of an imminent skills crisis.

Connecting Talent to Opportunity (Article)

The Halifax Connector Program helps immigrants build a professional network and connects them with job opportunities to help in their settlement.

Understand Your Workforce and Gain a Competitive Advantage (Employer eTip)

Voluntary form allows the utility company to better understand immigrant workforce.

Eight Tips to Increase Diversity (News Story)

Most progressive companies embrace the notion of diversity. The difficulty is in making it work – ensuring all people feel welcome within the organization, and have a chance to rise to the level their abilities allow.

Surrey Board of Trade Wins Gold for Employer Innovation Fund Program at Canadian Chamber Competition (News Story)

Employer focused program assists SMEs in the Surrey region in integrating immigrants into their labour pool.

Bias-Free Assessment and Hiring: Measuring a Candidate’s Ability to Succeed in the Workplace (Employer eTip)

Learn how you can implement effective hiring practices that discounts “Canadian experience.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Bias-Free Hiring and Assessment: Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (News Story)

Learn how you can implement effective hiring practices that discounts “Canadian experience.

Examining the Canadian Experience Requirement (News Story)

While concerns over using Canadian experience as an employment or accreditation requirement are legitimate, in some cases, such prerequisites are bona fide, Toronto-based employment lawyer Stuart Rudner says in Law Times.

Train Employers to Hire and Work with Immigrants (Article)

According to Ratna Omidvar, the best teachers for employers are employers themselves when it comes to immigrant employment solutions.

TRIEC 2003-2013: Building a Better Future (News Story)

Exploring the Toronto Region’s journey over the past ten years which includes engaging employers in meaningful opportunities

RBC: Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce that is Representative of the Wider Community (Employer Success Story)

A diverse workforce allows the bank to better serve a diverse client base, thus attracting more business.

Improving Your Assessment and Hiring of Candidates (Employer Video)

In part two of this series, Cherie Robertson, Senior Policy Analyst at OHRC describes various best practices employers and regulatory bodies can use to improve their assessment and hiring of candidates.

Managing Inclusion from the Middle (Article)

Useful tips for organizations to support middle managers to create culturally-inclusive work environments.

RBC 2012 Employment Equity Report (Employer Report)

This RBC report outlines the banks’s employment equity initiatives and includes highlights on how they have engaged in recruiting and managing immigrant talent.

Pathways to Employment: Strengthening the Immigrant Connection (News Story)

Workforce Planning Hamilton will be releasing their latest employer research project and launch their new mentoring program for skilled immigrants on September 26, 2013. Register now!

Bias-free Hiring and Assessment: Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Employer eTip)

The new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy states that requiring “Canadian experience” could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Understanding the Ontario Human Rights Commission Policy on Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Employer Video)

Requiring “Canadian experience” could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code according to the new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy.

Cultural Competence & Diversity Management (Article)

In this article Adeeco talks to TRIEC’s Rose DeVerya about steps Canadian employers can take to transform their organization’s culture and talent management practices in ways that work across cultural differences.

More Immigration or Bust (News Story)

Smart communities have figured out that immigrants can give them that edge over the competition.

Moving Towards Bias Free Hiring – Practical Examples to Assess Candidates (Employer Video)

Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, provides practical examples that employers can use to assess competencies of a potential candidate.

Moving Towards Bias Free Hiring – The Power of Policy (Employer Video)

Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, talks about the larger role employers can play in ensuring bias free hiring practices.

Anonymous Job Applications: The Next Step Towards Bias-Free Hiring (Article)

This article looks at evidence of subconscious bias in hiring and what employers around the world are doing to circumvent these biases.

Ontario to Recognize Immigration Employment Leaders (News Story)

New award program will demonstrate to businesses the advantages of hiring skilled immigrants.

How Do You Source Talent Faster? (Employer eTip)

By watching this webinar you can find out find the best talent.

Unlocking Potential: From Underperformer to Asset (Article)

Hiring a skilled immigrant may result in under performance without explanation. Business Edge enables and empowers skilled immigrants to move back into jobs where they can fully utilize their skills, education and professional experience.

London Builds a Better Internship (News Story)

New internship program designed to give valuable work experience to people facing barriers to employment including new Canadians and recent grads.

Right in your Back Yard: Sourcing Immigrant Talent Faster (Employer Webinar)

Learn about the Ottawa Job Match Network and Hire Immigrants Ottawa on how they support employers sourcing skilled immigrants and how you can do the same in your region.

Webinar Recording & Resources Now Available – Right in your Back Yard: Sourcing Immigrant Talent Faster (News Story)

Learn about the Ottawa Job Match Network and Hire Immigrants Ottawa on how they support employers sourcing skilled immigrants.

Is “Canadian Experience” Requirement Discriminatory? (News Story)

Often employers don’t realize that asking for such a requirement is a form of discrimination but there are ways to change HR processes to overcome this barrier to employing skilled immigrants

Not all Internships are Bad (News Story)

Done well, paid internships break down employment barriers and function as valuable learning experiences.

The Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Award recognizes individuals and organizations who are forward-thinking champions of immigrant economic integration.

How Can You Recruit Diverse Talent More Effectively? (Employer eTip)

Three tips to help you find the right person for the job and find out more in a free webinar.

Career Bridge Internships a Win-Win for St. Michael’s Hospital (Employer Success Story)

Structured program allows hospital to assess skilled immigrants’ suitability for permanent jobs.

End the Call for ‘Canadian Experience’ (Article)

Ontario Human Rights Commission makes right move in putting onus on employers to prove it’s a bona fide occupational requirement.

Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Article)

Ratna Omidvar of Maytree comments on the new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy addresses the issue of employers requiring “Canadian experience” which can create barriers for newcomers looking for jobs or professional accreditation.

Remove the “Canadian Experience” Employment Barrier: OHRC (News Story)

Asking for ‘Canadian experience’ from immigrants may breach Ontario’s human rights code.

Accommodating Different Faiths Begins from Within (Article)

This article stresses the importance of accommodating people’s faiths in the workplace and using employees as a way to educate other employees about their behaviours, traditions and practices.

What’s in a Name? Possibly Your Future Prosperity (Article)

Can having a difficult name to pronounce impact your hiring and promotion prospects? A recent study discovered that the “more pronounceable a person’s name is, the more likely people are to favour them.”

Ontario Collaborating with Employers to Improve Opportunities for Immigrants (News Story)

New award for employers showcases leadership in integration, recruitment & retention of immigrants in Ontario.

Western premiers focus on jobs, economy (News Story)

Skills training, immigration programs discussed at conference.

Closing the Skills Gap, IEC-BC at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting (Employer Video)

Immigrant employment solutions can play a large role in addressing the skills crisis in BC

SMTC’S Diverse Workforce Builds an Award Winning Company (Employer Video)

Diverse ideas and experiences improves processes and satisfies customers needs.

Canada Job Grant deeply flawed, report says (News Story)

New report suggests the proposed $15,000 a person training program should be abandoned.

Practical Ways for an Employer to Maximize International Talent (Employer eTip)

Internships, mentoring and participating in networking and recruitment events are just some of the ways you can leverage immigrant talent.

First Prince George Online Job Fair for New Canadians a Success (News Story)

Connecting local employers with new Canadians living in Metro Vancouver.

The Top Five Ways for an Employer to Leverage International Talent (Article)

The Waterloo Immigration Partnership provides useful tips on how you can maximize immigrant talent.

Making Connections – Halifax Regional Municipality and Greater Halifax Partnership (Article)

Business needs talent. Talent needs opportunity. A networking program completes the equation.

Dreaming of Diversity (Article)

New Canadians have a lot to offer a workplace; now it’s just a case of making them feel welcome with these tips you can implement in your company.

CIIMA and Career Edge Partner to Bridge the Careers of Internationally Qualified Accountants (News Story)

New partnership facilitates and supports internationally qualified CIMA members looking to gain Canadian work experience that is consistent with the skills and experience acquired in their home country.

People Without Jobs — Jobs Without People: Decoding Canada’s ‘Skills Crisis’ (News Story)

Canada has 1.33 million unemployed workers, yet business hired 338,000 temporary foreign workers last year, citing shortages in low-skilled jobs.

Know your Workforce: Using Data Strategically for Inclusion & Organizational Excellence (Article)

In this article, Hire Immigrants Ottawa explains the importance of measuring diversity programs to improve your organization’s talent management processes.

RBC Career Bridge Associate Program (Article)

Program support RBC’s small and medium-sized GTA-based business clients in connecting with high-potential, internationally qualified candidates to fit their employment needs.

More Than One-Fifth of Canadians are Foreign-Born: National Household Survey (News Story)

The first release of data from the 2011 National Household Survey offers a snapshot of a modern Canada that is changing in both cultural makeup and religious beliefs.

Government Announces Reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (News Story)

The changes include paying temporary foreign workers the same wages as Canadian workers and the temporary suspension of the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process.

Five Ways Companies can Address a Shortage of Skills (News Story)

Accenture provides employers tips on how to deal with an impending shortage of skilled workers in Canada.

Hiring Highly Skilled People from Around the World Gives Trinity Tech a Competitive Advantage (Employer Video)

When Dunstan Peter, President and CEO of Trinity Tech was growing his company, he needed highly skilled people to give his small business the advantage. His skilled immigrant hires did just that

Hire Immigrants Ottawa Summit Brings Together Partners Involved in Immigrant Employment Solutions (News Story)

Summit brought together employers, senior executives, civic leaders, representatives from immigrant serving organizations and other stakeholders involved in the integration of skilled immigrants into the workforce.

Diversity in Management More of a Struggle for Private Companies (News Story)

Companies that understand and reflect the diversity of Canadian society will do a better job of working with and selling to that society.

RBC 2012 Diversity and Inclusion Report (Employer Report)

In this report, RBC highlights the ways in which diversity makes the bank stronger – for their clients, communities, and employees.

RBC Diversity Blueprint 2012-2015 (Employer Report)

RBC’s diversity and inclusion initiatives are guided by the RBC Diversity Blueprint, which outlines enterprise priorities and objectives.

Business Edge for Internationally Educated Professionals (Employer Video)

Enabling and empowering skilled immigrants to move back into jobs where they can fully utilize their skills, education and professional experience.

Tips from Metro Testing on how to Successfully Integrate Skilled Immigrants into Your Company (Employer Video)

Job shadowing, not asking for Canadian work experience and being patient are all parts of hiring and onboarding diverse talent

Syncrude Strengthens its Workforce by Recognizing Foreign Skills and Experience (Employer Success Story)

Syncrude realizes it needs to have the most talented workforce in the field. It is doing this by hiring skilled immigrants that bring a wealth of skills and experience and they are also retaining them by providing an inclusive working environment.

What Employers Want When They are Hiring (Article)

Canadian Immigrant speaks to the people who are instrumental in hiring talent for their companies and share their insight on what’s affecting the employment of newcomers.

Canada’s New Immigration Rules put Premium on Young People (News Story)

New immigration rules will target workers aged 18 to 35 as the Conservative government provides the clearest sense yet of how Canada will rely on young immigrants to soften the fiscal pain of a demographic crunch.

More Changes to Canada’s Immigration Program (News Story)

On August 17, 2012, the federal government announced changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program. While not a surprise (as changes have been proposed earlier in various forums), their impact will be significant.

Promoting Diversity in the Office: Tips for Bias-free Hiring (Article)

While many organizations may have the goal of creating diverse workplaces through bias-free hiring, they may not have implemented the many elements needed to achieve this goal.

Multicultural Canada? There’s a Banking Job for That (News Story)

As change has become a mantra in the business world, executive responsibilities and job titles are evolving quickly. The Globe and Mail’s Emerging Roles series asks Canadians about how their jobs are changing.

Deloitte’s three ideas to boost immigrant success (Employer eTip)

Immigrants are a growing talent pool and Deloitte knows that tapping into their potential is essential to any organization’s success. Find out more about Deloitte’s strategies.

Work Placement Program a Win-Win for Skilled Immigrants and Assiniboine Credit Union (Employer Success Story)

The 12-week placement also includes 4 weeks of culture and communication training.

Aging Workforce an Economic Tsunami-in-Waiting (News Story)

Canada is about to be hit by a demographic tsunami in slow motion, with profound and lasting effects on our economy and our society.

Loblaw Helps Foreign-Trained Pharmacists Become Licensed (Employer Video)

Hari Pemasani, a pharmacist from India, talks about how Loblaw helped him grow his career from part-time pharmacy assistant to pharmacy manager.

A Diverse Workforce is Essential for TD’s Success (Employer Video)

Ed Clark, Group President and CEO at TD Bank Group, talks about why diversity will continue to be a priority for TD Bank long after his retirement in 2013.

3M Uses Language Game to Build Cultural Competence (Employer Success Story)

A five-minute language exercise helps 3M supervisors better understand the experiences of skilled immigrant employees who speak English as a second language.

FMC Takes Innovative Approach to Help Foreign-Trained Lawyer Overcome Licensing Barrier (Employer Success Story)

Fraser Milner Casgrain teams up with Deloitte to create a shared articling position for a highly skilled lawyer from India.

Best Employer Competition Recognizes Firms for Career Development (Article)

Giving employees, regardless of origin, the chance to enhance their skills and grow their careers helps Desjardins Group keep turnover low.

RBC’s Zabeen Hirji on Skilled Immigrant Integration and Organizational Change (Employer Video)

In this video Zabeen Hirji talks about corporate culture to recognize, welcome and leverage assets of skilled immigrants.

Leadership Strategies for Successfully Integrating Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer Video)

In this video, Gord Nixon President and CEO, RBC and chair of TRIEC provides advice to business leaders about effectively bringing skilled immigrants on board.

RBC’s Gord Nixon on the Business Case for Skilled Immigrant Integration (Employer Video)

In this video Gord Nixon speaks about why hiring and integrating immigrant talent is vital to the bank’s business.

Walmart provides a foot in the door (Employer Success Story)

Tailored orientation and mentoring help a skilled immigrant move from a junior to senior role.

Why Hire Skilled Immigrants, the Private Sector Perspective (Article)

Skilled immigrants are highly educated and can help private companies fill labour shortage and serve diverse local and global markets.

Managing a Diverse Workforce, the Private Sector Perspective (Article)

Provide ongoing development, performance feedback and recognition, as well as opportunities for advancement to boost employees’ engagement and reduce turnover.

How to Recruit and Select Skilled Immigrants, the Private Sector Perspective (Article)

Focus on essential skills, be aware of culture-based communication differences during the interview and provide a thorough onboarding process to boost employee retention.

New Tool Helps Construction Connect With Immigrant Workers (News Story)

New guide book helps employers assess foreign credentials and navigate government programs.

i³ International Focuses On Skills and Experience, Not Country Of Origin (Employer Success Story)

When recruiting, the small tech company looks for relevant experience and language skills in line with the position.

Immigrant HR Administrator Increases Openness in Recruiting At i³ International (Employer Success Story)

When interviewed by a skilled immigrant, a newcomer candidate gets the clear message the tech company promotes and values diversity.

CIBC Sources Skilled Immigrants In Toronto Area (Employer Success Story)

Career fairs, credential recognition services and internships are some of the ways the bank finds skilled immigrants.

Halifax Company Uses Settlement Agency to Find Immigrants (Employer Success Story)

Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services provides Maple Trade Finance access to candidates with the language and cultural skills to help the company succeed on a global scale.

Bias-Free Hiring Process Ensures Equal Access to Employment At Hummingbird (Employer Success Story)

Hummingbird’s clear guidelines for recruitment and screening create a bias-free and consistent hiring process.

Immigration Works in Halifax featuring RBC (Employer Video)

RBC’s hiring of skilled immigrants has brought international skills and experience to improve their business in Halifax.

Leadership Development Program Helps Diverse Employees Reach Top Roles at Pitney Bowes (Employer Success Story)

An accelerated leadership development program and leadership review process ensures skilled immigrants aren’t overlooked for senior positions.

KPMG Takes a Holistic Approach to Integrating Skilled Immigrants (Employer Success Story)

The accounting firm integrates immigrant professionals by prioritizing transferable skills during the hiring process, developing customizable onboarding programs and encouraging business development through social support networks.

AMEX Canada Uses A Broad Recruitment Strategy To Find Skilled Immigrants (Employer Success Story)

Government agencies, community organizations, ethnic media and employees are all sources of skilled immigrants.

Associated Engineering Helps Foreign-Trained Engineers Become Accredited In Canada (Employer Success Story)

Engineering firm provides study aids, work experience and training to international engineers, who are an excellent source of much needed talent

Cross-Cultural Training Helps Skilled Immigrants Integrate At Deloitte (Employer Success Story)

Cultural Navigator Tool clarifies cultural differences in the workplace, such as hierarchical nuances, reporting relationships and feedback.

Buddy Program and Communication Training Boost Skilled Immigrant Integration at Gennum (Employer Success Story)

New employees are matched with a staff member from the same culture and are offered various communication courses, along with a professional development plan.

Capgemini Taps CASIP’s Job Developers Network for Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer Success Story)

The CASIP Job Developers Network is an official Capgemini recruiter. With pre-screened candidates and no placement fee, the network saves Capgemini time and money. Since January 2009 the company has hired three referrals from the network.

More than One-Third of Engineers Hired At Husky Are Skilled Immigrants (Employer Success Story)

Husky tracks employees by skill and educational background to better understand which international institutions are more likely to produce high-potential candidates.

Teranet Teaches Soft Communication Skills on The Job (Employer Success Story)

Accent and word usage have no bearing on an applicant’s ability to do the job.

Senior Leadership Involvement Drives Change at Manulife (Employer Success Story)

By dedicating significant senior executive time and resources, Manulife’s leaders anticipate other companies will also rise to the challenge of hiring and integrating skilled immigrants.

Cross-Cultural Awareness Makes Employees Feel Included at ATI (Employer Success Story)

Language classes and diversity training create an inclusive environment for a diverse workforce of skilled employees.

Skilled Immigrants Help LEA International Tap into Global Markets (Employer Success Story)

A workforce with international language skills and cultural competencies is better positioned to land international contracts, leading to increased profitability

Skilled Immigrants Have the Specific Technical Skills ATI Needs (Employer Success Story)

ATI often seeks specific skill sets that are not widely found in the Canadian labour force. Its HR strategy has been expanded to source candidates from foreign universities and labour markets.

Apotex Offers Business English Courses to Enhance Integration (Employer Success Story)

Employees who fit in and communicate well with the rest of the workforce will remain with the organization and contribute to its growth.

Team Approach Reduces Bias during Recruitment at NoAb (Employer Success Story)

Multiple people review resumés and interview candidates then share their perspectives to make the hiring decision.

Magna’s Employee Charter Guides Fair and Inclusive Hiring Practices (Employer Success Story)

The company values skills, regardless of where they’re obtained, and offers equal employment opportunities based on qualifications and performance.

Hiring Immigrants Helps RBC Serve Multicultural Customers (Employer Success Story)

Changing demographics prompted RBC to implement a recruitment strategy targeted at skilled immigrants.

Inclusiveness Leaders and Champions Support Diversity Efforts Throughout Ernst & Young (Employer Success Story)

Leaders throughout the firm have taken on the responsibility of ensuring inclusiveness is top of mind for all employees.

Ernst & Young Makes Diversity a Strategic Imperative (Employer Success Story)

The accounting firm has various diversity initiatives, including internal mentoring programs and networking events, as well as leadership conferences, all supported by the CEO.

IBM Creates a Structured, Bias-Free Recruitment Process (Employer Success Story)

Recruiting team reflects diversity and uses behaviour-based structured interviewing to find best possible candidates, regardless of where they come from.

Diverse Employees Lead to Innovative Products at IBM Canada (Employer Success Story)

Skilled immigrants help IBM create products that meet the needs of customers from a variety of cultures.

National Bank Focuses On the ‘Whole Package’ When Recruiting (Employer Success Story)

The bank works with immigrant-serving organizations and trains managers on different cultures to access talented diverse candidates.

Partnering With Associations and Schools Helps Duke Energy Recruit Skilled Immigrants (Employer Success Story)

Professional organizations and training programs give employers access to highly skilled immigrants.

A Community Approach Attracts Immigrants to Rodrigues Winery (Employer Success Story)

Winery offers help with travel and housing arrangements and introduces newcomers to members of the community in rural Newfoundland.

Culture Training and Job Placements Helps Cambiran Credit Union Address Labour Shortage (Employer Success Story)

Cambrian partners with Manitoba government and other credit unions to prepare newcomers for jobs in financial services.

Convergys Works With Community Agencies for Recruitment and Training (Employer Success Story)

Agencies provide training for skilled immigrants, as well as cultural awareness training for managers to ensure a fair and open work environment.

Engineering Firm Turns To Skilled Immigrants for Hard-To-Find Skills (Employer Success Story)

Teshmont’s investment in skilled new immigrants is helping to secure a strong pool of management candidates for the future.